Books Children and Adolescents on Sexual Health

Resources for Children and Adolescents and Sexual Health

Note: This is not a complete list of all the books and resources, but rather a good starting point. Please make sure, as a parent, that you read the book or visit the website first before introducing information to your children, regardless of their ages.

 

Here is a general guideline on age-appropriate sex education to children…but I do want to say that each child is different, so even the guidelines mentioned here might not be right for your child:

Sex Education What Children Should Learn When

 

For Parents:

 

Eyre, L & Eyre, RM. 1998. How to talk to your child about sex: it’s best to start early, but it’s never too late—a step by step guide for every age.  Golden Books Pub.

 

Haffner, Debra. 2004. From diapers to dating: A parent’s guide to raising sexually healthy children—from infancy to middle school. Newmarket Press.

 

Jones. S: & Jones, BB. 1993. How & When to tell your kid about sex: a lifelong approach to sexuality. Navpress.

 

Leight, Lynn. 1990. Raising your child to be sexually healthy. Avon.

 

Moglia, RF et al. 1997. All about sex: a family resource on sex and sexuality. Crown Pub.

 

Roffman, D. 2000. The Thinking Parent’s Guide to Talking Sense About Sex, Cambridge: Perseus.

 

Young Children:

Andry, AC, et al. 1984. How babies are made. Little Brown & Co.

 

Harris, Robie & Michael Emberly. 2008. It’s not the stork: A book about girls, boys, bodies, families and friends. Also in Spanish: No es la ciguena.  Candlewick press.

 

Harris, R, 1994. It’s perfectly normal: a book about changing bodies, growing up, sex and sexual health.  Candlewick Press.

 

Harris, R. 1999. It’s so amazing! A book about eggs, sperm, birth, babies, and families.  Candlewick Pr.

 

Pre and early teens:

Gravelle, Karen, with Nick and Chava Castro. 1998. What’s going on down there? Answers to questions boys find hard to ask. (ages 9-12). Walker and Co.

 

Madaras, Lynda. 2000. What’s happening to my body? Book for boys: A growing up guide for parents and sons. Newmarket Press.

 

Madaras, Lynda. 2003. Ready, set, grow!: A what’s happening to my body? Book for younger girls. Newmarket.

 

Madaras, Lynda. 2007. The “What’s happening to my body” Book for girls, revised 3rd ed. Newmarket.

 

 

Adolescents:
Bass, Ellen. 1996. Free your mind: The book for gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth and their allies .NY:

Harper.

 

Bell, R. 1998. Changing bodies, changing lives: a book for teens on sex and relationships. Times Books.

 

Brown, S. & Taverner, B. 2001. Streetwise to sex-wise: Sexuality education for high-risk youth—2nd Ed.  Morristown, NJ: Planned Parenthood of Northern New Jersey, Inc.

Chernin, J & Johnson, M. 2002. Affirmative psychotherapy and counseling for lesbians and gay men. Sage Press.

 

Columbia University Staff. 1998. The ‘Go ask Alice’ Book of Answers: A guide to good physical, sexual, and emotional health. Holt Press.

 

Corrinna, Heather. 2007. SEX: The all-you-need-to-know progressive sexuality guide to get you through high school and college. DeCapo Press.

 

Drill, E., 1999. Deal with it: A whole new approach to your body, brain, and life as a gURL. Pocket.

 

Farley-Gillespie, J & Gackenbach, J. 2007. Cyber rules: What you really need to know abut the internet.  WW Norton & Co.

 

Luadzers, Darcy. 2004. Virgin Sex: A girl’s no-regrets guide to happy, healthy sex…the first time and every time. Columbia, S.C.: Palmetto Press.

 

Luadzers, Darcy. 2006. Virgin sex for guys: A no-regrets guide to safe and healthy sex. NY: Hatherleigh Press.

 

Miron, Charles & Miron, Amy. 2001. How to talk to talk to teens about love, relationships, and S-E-X: A guide for parents. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Press.

 

Resh, Evelyn. 2009. The secret lives of teen girls: What your mother wouldn’t talk about but your daughter needs to know. Hay House.  Also has a website that is informative.

 

Weill, Sabina. 2005. The real truth about teens and sex. NY: Perigee.

 

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